A major item on Virginia Republicans’ agenda for the 2011 General Assembly session was voted down on a party-line vote Tuesday in a Senate subcommittee.

The so-called “repeal amendment” legislation would express state support for a change to the U.S. Constitution that would allow two-thirds of state legislatures to repeal federal law.

But "repeal" legislation is still alive in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates. Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, is a strong proponent of the Tea Party-backed measure, which is awaiting a separate vote in a House subcommittee.